Two gongs to Melbourne

Developers across Australia are producing innovative, sustainable buildings where people can work, live or shop in quality surrounds – and Melbourne projects have won two major honours at this year’s Urban Taskforce Australia Development Excellence Awards

The Innovative Development Award went to Lend Lease for the world’s tallest timber apartment building, Forte, at Victoria Harbour.

Fabcot Pty Ltd took out the Mixed Use Development Award for the Woolworths Retail Property Development at Highett.

Perth’s Brookfield Place in St George’s Terrace, won the prestigious Development of the Year Award, which recognises the “ultra green” eco-friendly building’s creative and visionary contribution to Australia’s urban space.

Brookfield office Properties developed the innovative 46-floor skyscraper, where BHP Billiton is anchor tenant, at 123-137 St Georges Terrace.

Meriton won the Residential Development Award for its 74-level residential tower, Soleil, in Brisbane’s city centre.

Sydney projects won five awards, which NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir presented at the new Hyde Park Doltone House event centre.

Leighton Properties with Grosvenor Australia won the Commercial Development Award for Eclipse Tower in Parramatta.

Goodman Group won the Retail Development Award for the Masters Home Improvement centre in Chullora, while Holdmark Property Group won the Industrial Development Award for the Knorr Bremse headquarters in Granville.

DEXUS Property Group won the Sustainable Development Award for its office tower at 1 Bligh Street, while Kresner Group won the Retirement Living Award for its Advantaged Care at Barden Lodge, Sutherland.

These developers’ are playing a crucial role in building our cities for the 21st century and beyond, and increasing Australia’s general prosperity.

The jury, which NSW Government architect Peter Poulet chaired, assessed projects from around Australia.

NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir presented the awards at the new Hyde Park Doltone House event centre.

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